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Afghanistan General Attorney (AGO) has announced to find a number of documents regarding the alleged pedophile ring in southeastern Logar province following the allegation of sexual abuse against the schoolchildren by the educational officials in the province.
AGO in a press release on Saturday said that its delegation to probe the case has begun investigations and obtained a number of documents.
According to the press release, the AGO officials are seriously pursuing more detailed research in order to ensure justice and the rule of law.
AGO also called on the people of Logar province to cooperate with the investigative deleagtion by sharing information and evidences.
Previously, a Britain Newspaper, Guardian has reported that over 500 school students have been sexually abused by the school teachers and head teachers in the province.
The Newspaper has conducted the report in cooperation with the provincial civil society activists, who had later-on, arrested by National Directorate of Security.
The Guardian stated that a number of victims have been killed by their relatives following the cultural taboos and cultural violence practice.
Afghan security officials have confirmed that a father who killed his 17-year-old daughter in Samangan province has been arrested.
The spokesman of Samangan Police, Abdul Munir Rahimi told media reporters, “A father killed his 17-year old daughter named Khalida in Charmgari village of Aibak district on late Friday night.”
According to Rahimi, the arrested father has admitted to his crime during the primary investigation.
So far, the reason behind killing Khalida has not been determined, Police added.
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) says at least five Taliban insurgents have been killed after an airstrike targeted a gathering of the group in Farah province.
MoD in a press release on Saturday said that the Taliban gathering which was targeted by an airstrike was in Qala-e Kah district of Farah province.
According to the press release, at least five insurgents have been killed and three others have been wounded.
This comes as a joint operation of Afghan National and Defense security forces are underway in Farah province.
Kabul Police say at least 70 people were arrested for several criminal crimes during the past 20 days from different parts of Kabul.
The spokesman of Kabul Police, Ferdaws Faramarz said Police have seized 25 weapons and six stolen vehicles from the detainees.
According to Faramarz, at least three other criminals have been also killed by Police during the time.
“The recorded crime statistics, the number of suspects detained and the people’s practical cooperation with the police show a decrease in the criminal crime graph in Kabul,” he said.
At least eight Taliban insurgents have been killed by security forces after they attacked a checkpoint in Kunduz province.
Provincial governor spokesman, Esmatullah Muradi said that offensive was triggered when a group of Taliban militants launched an attack on security forces checkpoints in Qahwa Khana area outside the provincial capital Kunduz city.
In retaliation, the security forces killed eight of the Taliban fighters, he said, adding other Taliban militants fled the scene.
Three policemen were also wounded in the offensive.
The OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe has launched a project to stabilize Tajikistan’s southern border with Afghanistan, spokeswoman for the office Munira Shoinbekova has said.
The €3.3m project will be implemented in 18 months, she said. The project aims to improve the professional capacity of Tajik and Afghan border services to more effectively counter illegal activities in border areas, Shoinbekova said.
The project will also help build the capacities of the emergency situation committee to respond to natural disasters in border regions, she added.
The border services will receive practical training on operational planning and support for field operations. The project will strengthen the skills of border officials from both countries to respond to security incidents and effectively protect the border.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a report has said that Nearly 7,400 Afghan civilians were killed and wounded as a result of suicide attacks and explosions in 2019.
According to MoI report, 2,219 civilians were killed another 5,170 were wounded in 2019.
MoI has stated that the Taliban have conducted several suicide and guerilla attacks, and bomb blasts over civilians to fulfill their illegitimate demands.
“The majority of the casualties occurred as a result of terrorist attacks and roadside mine explosions (IEDs),” said Nusrat Rahimi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior.
The report added, August, September and October 2019 were the most deadly months for the Afghan civilians during last year.
According to figures from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MAIL), cotton production has increased by 21% across 17 provinces of Afghanistan.
The cotton production has reached to 73,119 tons this year compared to last year’s figure of 57,450 tons.
Balkh (35,100 tons), Helmand (15,910 tons) and Kunduz (7,400 tons) were the leading producers of cotton this year.
The significant increase in cotton production is attributed to timely rainfalls, better weather, advisory and technical services from the government.
Afghan security officials have confirmed that at least one person was killed and three other were wounded in an explosion in Balkh province on Saturday.
The spokesman of Balkh Police, Adel Shah Adel told Reporterly that a magnetic bomb attached to a Corolla type vehicle went off earlier on Saturday in PD10 of Mazar-e Sharif city.
According to Adel, all victims of the incident are civilians.
Afghanistan wants to introduce an Aadhaar system similar to the Indian biometric and demographic database so it has partnered with India for guidance, media outlets have reported.
Afghanistan Central Civil Registration Authority (ACCRA) met in December with Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India and Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to understand how Aadhaar works, how births and deaths are registered, methodology behind the tool and to get a live software demo.
Afghanistan has a population of more than 32 million people and is struggling to fight terrorism, poverty, malnutrition and corruption.
President Ashraf Ghani has asked for India’s help to build capacity in key areas and an Aadhaar-like system is a top priority.
In November, officials from National Statistics and Information Authority, Afghanistan by Foreigners Regional Registration Office, New Delhi participated in a capacity building program to improve the immigration process.
The Canadian government is looking for advice from the public on what a monument to Canada’s 13-year mission in Afghanistan should look like, the Canadian press has reported.
Based on the report, the Canadian government is looking for advice from the public on what a monument to Canada’s 13-year mission in Afghanistan should look like.
The monument already has a site, near the Canadian War Museum just west of downtown Ottawa.
The area has been the subject of redevelopment efforts for decades and also holds monuments to Canadian firefighters and victims of the Holocaust.
The monument to the Afghanistan mission is scheduled to be inaugurated in 2023.